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  • The Rotary Club Honors an Outstanding HHS Student

    Rotary Club members ask themselves four questions when considering doing or saying anything.  They consider (1) is it the truth, (2) is it fair to all concerned, (3) will it build goodwill and better friendships, and (4) will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

    Hauppauge High School sophomore Jahliek Dyer has discovered the joy and satisfaction that is gained by giving of himself in the service of helping others.  His compassion and dedication was recognized and honored by the Hauppauge Chapter of the Rotary Club.  The Rotary Club named Jahliek "Student of the Month" for January 2018.  He was invited to a breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club by Chapter President Patricia Bowens McCarthy.

    For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. 

    Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope.  Professionals with diverse backgrounds exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.  Rotary's founder, Paul Harris is quoted as saying, "Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."

    Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world.  The first area is promoting peace.  Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures.  They train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas. 

    The second area of focus is fighting disease.  Rotary educates and equips communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and their goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight.  They started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines.  Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.  To contribute to the end polio effort, visit https://www.endpolio.org/.

    Rotary is focused on providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day.  They share their expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure the projects succeed long-term.

    The fourth area of focus is dedicated to saving mothers and children.  Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.  Rotarians expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

    Rotary supports education.  More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

    The sixth area of focus is growing local economies by carrying out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.  Rotarians also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

    Mr. Dyer moved to the Hauppauge Public School District (HPS) last spring from North Babylon and immediately became a valuable asset to the HPS community.  A talented athlete, Jahliek runs for the Winter and Spring Track Teams.  Last fall he was a member of the Varsity Football Team.  Jahliek was a Running Back and Slot Receiver on offense and lined up as a Cornerback and Safety on defense.

    What caught the attention of Rotary was Mr. Dyer’s involvement in the Army ROTC program.  Jahliek is instrumental in bringing the ROTC Star Program to Hauppauge High School (HHS) with the formation of a new club with the help of HHS Assistant Principal Joy Ferrara.  Ms. Ferrara is no stranger to the ROTC program.  HHS alum, Ken Mewhort is currently on active duty with the United States Army.  He recently earned the rank of Sergeant First Class.  Ms. Ferrara was invited to “slap on” the Sergeant First Class rank.  Sergeant First Class Mewhort will be working closely with Jahliek and Ms. Ferrara to bring ROTC to Hauppauge.

    Jahliek is looking to the future and plans to pursue a career as a doctor, possibly a surgeon.

    The Rotary Club is proud to select Jahliek Dyer as the honoree for the January 2018 “Student of the Month" program.  The next selection will be revealed at the February 28th Rotary Meeting. 

    Rotary's programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority.  And their programs are not just for club members.  Learn how you can make a difference in your community through Rotary.  Visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs

     

    The Rotary information was reprinted from their website at https://www.rotary.org/.  

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